Pierre Gasly: ​​On-demand driver wants to ‘fight at the front’, while Alpine tests potential 2023 F1 drivers

Yuki Tsunoda has signed a new contract at AlphaTauri, but Pierre Gasly’s future remains elusive; Alpine has tested three drivers this week in their 2021 car as they consider their options for next year’s seat; Nick de Vries could replace Gasly

Last update: 09/22/22 9:39 PM

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Pierre Gasly comments on his future in Formula One saying he “doesn’t have to stay with AlphaTauri” after his ambition was to “fight up front”

Pierre Gasly comments on his future in Formula One saying he “doesn’t have to stay with AlphaTauri” after his ambition was to “fight up front”

Pierre Gasly reiterated his desire to “fight up front” in Formula 1, but said “there are two things to sort out” before moving to the Alps, where the French team has now tested other potential drivers for their seat in 2023.

Gasly is at the center of the battle for F1’s most desirable remaining seat for 2023, with an agreement between Alpine and AlphaTauri, although they are counting on Red Bull to find a replacement driver for their sister team.

IndyCar star Colton Herta was the first target but a lack of super-accurate points ruled him out, and now Nick de Vries, who featured in Williams at the Italian Grand Prix, appears to be the favourite.

De Vries admitted that he met Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko.

Meanwhile, Gasly is patiently waiting to see if he will leave the Red Bull family for the first time in his impressive Formula One career.

Christian Horner has not ruled out releasing Pierre Gasly from the Red Bull family so he can join Albin in 2023

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Christian Horner has not ruled out releasing Pierre Gasly from the Red Bull family so he can join Albin in 2023

Christian Horner has not ruled out releasing Pierre Gasly from the Red Bull family so he can join Albin in 2023

“At the moment it is out of my control,” Gasly told Sky Sports F1 at Monza.

The Frenchman, who holds a contract for 2023 but has been told he can leave at the right price, added: “They gave me my first Formula 1 victory and my first chance in Formula 1.

“It doesn’t mean that I will stay there my whole life because my ambitions in Formula 1 are to fight up front, and that’s what I want.

“It’s been five years at AlphaTauri. We’ll see if I get to spend another year there, but for now that’s what’s planned. If that’s what happened, I’d give 110 per cent to this team.

“There are a few things that need to be sorted out first before we talk more about this situation. In my situation there are only positives. We’ll see what happens in the next few weeks.”

Alpine chief Laurent Rossi has spoken of the possibility of signing Gasly, who will form a full French squad with Esteban Ocon, saying the team needs “an experienced and efficient driver who scores points immediately”.

Craig Slater shows how the record 24 races on the Formula One calendar will be held next season

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Craig Slater shows how the record 24 races on the Formula One calendar will be held next season

Craig Slater shows how the record 24 races on the Formula One calendar will be held next season

“Pierre is a very good driver,” he added. He would be a good candidate for us.”

Rossi said Alpine was hoping to have a decision on their seat – which has become vacant due to the exit of Fernando Alonso and an epic Oscar Piastre contract – by the end of September, and the team was testing the candidates.

This week, Alpine completed a three-day test at Hungaroring in their 2021 F1 car.

It is understood that former Alfa Romeo Antonio Giovinazzi drove the Alps on Tuesday, Nick de Vries on Wednesday and Alpine junior Jacques Dohan on Thursday.